It’s baseball season! No, MLB isn’t starting yet, but we have action from Korea. The KBO season is underway and we have DFS action. In addition to classic contests on DraftKings, we also have a Showdown contest. The scoring works the same as our normal MLB contests, but the players are different. For the Saturday slate, we’ll take a look at the Twins taking on the Heroes.
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Kiwoom HeroesFormer Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Jake Brigham ($10,600) is starting tonight for the Heroes. Through two starts, he’s disappointed from a fantasy perspective. Despite a decent 3.68 ERA, Brigham has earned single-digit DKFP in each of his first two outings. The biggest issue how cautious the Heroes have been with his workload. Brigham was pitching great on Opening Night before being lifted early due to a fire delay and then he was only allowed to throw 74 pitches in his second outing of the season. I am not too concerned since he has a decent amount of experience in the KBO with a lot of success. Last season, Brigham had a 2.96 ERA with Kiwoom and I expect him to start working deeper into games.
Jung Hoo Lee ($9,400) is one of the only hitters on the Heroes off to a good start. He’s averaging 10.7 DKFP and no other hitter on this team is even averaging 8.0 DKFP. Lee has a 179 wRC+ and has a hit in five of the Heroes’ past six games. Eventually, ByungHo Park ($10,400) will get going and should be this team’s best fantasy producer, but Park is off to a dreadfully slow start. On Thursday, he picked up his first hit in a week. Maybe that is a sign that a turnaround is coming.
Keon Chang Seo ($6,400) is a cheap play who is safe to roster. His game logs don’t show a ton of upside, but he offers a high floor. Seo has gotten on base in all of the Heroes’ games this season, so he has yet to be held to 0 DKFP. He is also riding a five-game hitting streak and has at least 4.0 DKFP in eight consecutive games.
Another value play worth looking at from the Heroes is Byeong Wuk Lim ($5,000). Lim doesn’t offer the same floor as Seo, but it looks like his ceiling is a bit higher. To this point, Lim has been a boom or bust option with 10 DKFP or more in three of his past seven games.
LG TwinsThe Twins also have a former MLB pitcher starting tonight. Casey Kelly ($10,000) gets the nod after his first KBO start of the year can only be called a disaster. Kelly pitched just two innings and allowed five runs in a game against the Dinos. The good news for Kelly is he draws an easier matchup against the Heroes. The Dinos appear to have the best offense in the KBO and Kiwoom has scored more than five runs in just two of its nine games. Kelly posted a 2.55 ERA for the Twins last season, so I expect him to bounce back and be fine going forward.
Until Hyun Soo Kim ($15,900 CP/$10,600) cools off, he’s my favorite choice for the Captain’s spot in showdown contests involving the Twins. He averages 12.9 DKFP, the most of any player in this game and has reach base in every game this season. Kim has had multiple hits and 10 or more DKFP in three of the Twins’ past four games. With a 215 wRC+, it looks like Kim is going to be one of the best offensive players in the KBO this season.
Another hitter who’s been great for the Twins is Roberto Ramos ($6,600). He’s my favorite cheap play in this game and his production this season indicates he should be much more expensive. Ramos has opened the season on an eight-game hitting streak and has scored 12 or more DKFP in more than half of his games. This is only Roberts’ first season playing overseas after playing in the Rockies’ minor league system and he has adapted quickly.
Another cheap hitter who looks like a solid value play is Chun Woong Lee ($7,200). While he doesn’t have much power, he’s creating plenty of upside with his legs. Lee has three stolen bases in his past four games, scoring at least 11 DKFP in all those contests. Despite no homers and just one RBI for the season, Lee is averaging 11.3 DKFP.
THE OUTCOMEEarly results of the season aside, I think Brigham and Kelly are two of the better pitchers in the KBO. Both of them have a history of success pitching in Korea, so this should be a lower scoring game. Playing at home, a favor the Twins to win a tight game. This pretty much echoes the DK Sportsbook odds, which have the Twins as a -130 favorite and the game has an 8.5 total.
Final Score: Twins 4, Heroes 3
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